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ONE dollar store always knows when a customer is stealing and staffers have three ways to raise the alarm — which is different from Walmart's self-checkout policy.

Dollar General, which operates more than 17,000 stores in 46 US states, has in-store surveillance systems to help prevent shoplifting.

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Thousands of the variety discount stores have interactive security monitoring services, panic buttons, and two-way phones, according to Query Sprout.

The security monitoring systems consist of surveillance cameras with offsite agents.

When an agent witnesses suspicious activity, employees at Dollar General get notified, allowing them to tell shoppers over the loudspeaker that they are being watched through security cameras.

"At thousands of stores in higher-crime neighborhoods or that have experienced frequent incidents, cameras are monitored by offsite security agents," CNN reports.

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Additionally, panic buttons and two-way phones are utilized when employees are feeling troubled.

Dollar General's security system, however, does not have facial recognition technology like the cameras used inside Walmart, which can decipher a shoplifter's identity.

Query Sprout also explains how Dollar General’s written shoplifting policy states that "no employee should ever touch a shoplifter or leave the store to go after a shoplifter."

The company also employs loss prevention staff who "will advise on security measures, investigate instances of theft, and coordinate with Dollar General management and government agencies to ensure that all loss prevention tactics are appropriate and legal," according to the consumer advocate website.

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Lastly, the store also employs security guards, which are usually placed at Dollar General entrances or exits.

The Sun reached out to Dollar General for comment but did not receive an immediate reply.

Meanwhile, Walmart also reportedly knows when their customers are stealing, even without looking at security cameras.

A former Walmart employee that goes by @obeygoddess on TikTok revealed a store secret to her viewers.

“Now what you didn’t know is Walmart employees that work in the self-checkout area carry devices around called TC devices," she said.

“With these TC devices, we’re able to see everything you’re purchasing, how much your total purchase is, and how much each item costs.”

If an employee suspects that a shopper is stealing, they can reportedly use the devices to pause the checkout process - while the customer sees what looks like a frozen screen.

This will make the customer call for help, prompting the employee to come over.

She said: “If you already have things inside bags and you’re stealing, they’ll take everything out of the bags and be like: ‘Don’t worry, we’ll ring you up at another machine, there must be something wrong with this one.'

“And at that point, they’ll just take you to a main checkout where there’s an actual person to cash you out.”

Just because employees reportedly have these devices doesn't mean they don't also take advantage of their surveillance cameras.

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A lawyer on TikTok advised her viewers to avoid self-checkouts altogether because big box companies will pin lost inventory on shoppers, even if they didn't mean to steal, she claims.

While Walmart has a strict "no chase" policy, they will follow you around and call the police if they feel it's necessary, Business Insider reported.

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